LOI #4: Jerod Fernandez

Lake Mary (FL) linebacker Jerod Fernandez has signed with NC State! Fernandez chose the Pack over offers from Pittsburgh and Rutgers among others.

Jerod Fernandez
Scout Ranking: **
Scout Rank: No. 123 outside linebacker
Size: 6-1, 215 pounds
Hometown: Lake Mary, FL
School: Lake Mary High School

Projected Position At NC State: Linebacker

Stats:  finished his junior season with 99 total tackles, one caused fumble, and two pass breakups, senior stats unavailable

Accolades: 8A all-state second team, all-region

Commit Date: June 8, 2012

Recruiting Scene: NC State was the first FBS program to offer Fernandez and they quickly emerged as the team to beat. He visited the Pack in February of 2012 which only strengthened State's standing.

While several other schools jumped into the mix with offers, Fernandez honed in on the Pack and committed during summer camp last June.

Fernandez's commitment looked shaky, however, after Tom O'Brien was fired in November. He tentatively set up official visits with Pittsburgh and Rutgers but turned those down after an in-home visit with Dave Doeren and his staff. He actually was a strong voice in helping State recruit other players, particularly those from Florida.

Why NC State?  "I've liked NC State for a while but it's just been some time and praying... talking to my family about it," said Fernandez. "I was ready to do it. Coach Reed, he was real excited. He liked it a lot.

"Overall, it's the ACC, and they have been a school showing me a lot of love and staying in contact with me. I just feel like it's the place for me."

Picked NC State Over: offers from Cincinnati, Pitt, UCF, Rutgers, Western Kentucky, Memphis, and Temple among others

Scouting Report: is a very good high school football player at Lake Mary High. He has experience playing both the middle and on the outside and he's been productive. He finished last season with 10 tackles per game and has a nose for the football. He plays with good instincts. He understands the game well. He has enough size to bang around inside and find his way to the ball carrier. He flashes the ability to really punish ball carriers after he arrives, too. He's the defensive leader of a solid defense and will be among the top linebackers in all of central Florida this year. 9-- Scout.com recruiting analyst Mike Bakas

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